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    In order of importance, choose - 1. Someone you trust (or in the absence of experience, someone trusted by others who you trust) 2. Someone who you can get your car to relatively easily (and at low cost), should you run into issues. I am in Essex, and VRS built (and maintain) my Stage 3 Mk7R Estate. They have always done right be me, and I am a big fan of theirs. Tim
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    My Bittersweet 7R

    Been there; it was an awful time, and no doubt everyone that goes through it, finds their own different ways to cope. In our case, we got a dog. He's a vicious, miserable bastard who passionately hates everyone other than his family (who he adores with equal passion!) - but, on the plus side, he has singlehandedly prevented at least three burglary attempts on our house, over the years (that I know of - via CCTV). My sincere condolences for your loss, and congratulations on your new acquisition. Stay strong. Tim
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    R600 VAG

    Je-sus, mate - that is commitment to the cause. I can't even be bothered to drive mine to and from Northampton these days; I just stick it on a flatbed. [emoji23]
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    Anyone running Turbo Technic V5

    @VRSNorthampton So far as I'm aware, Will is running one on his own Mk7 GTI Clubsport. I'm not certain, but I suspect he's probably converted it to 4WD - so should be a good comparator. Tim
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    R600 VAG

    Cheeky ****er.
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    High Pressure Fuel Pump Upgrade

    I didn't think a HPFP was required at stage 2?
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    V5 turbo technics limit?

    That does things to me which are usually reserved for the bedroom.
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    Insect in speedo

    Depends on what you consider expensive - the trouble is that the instrument cluster repair specialists don't do drop-ins; you need to have someone else remove it and send it to them. I'm planning to get mine looked at, next time my car is in for major work - because then I'll have already planned for the time, and the cost will likely only be incremental. You might find someone willing to dismantle it on-site; personally I wouldn't do that, but no doubt others have done so without trouble.
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    Insect in speedo

    Interested in the answer to this. Mine has a similar, though related, problem - fingerprints on the dials. The product of a dodgy conversion from metric to imperial, at some point in my car's unusual history. Advice I've been given - don't **** about with instrument clusters; if you're going to get it looked at, get it done by a professional.
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    V5 turbo technics limit?

    Give [mention=23422]VRSNorthampton[/mention] a call; they'll tell you what you need to know. I think they, often in partnership with MRC, are at the forefront of testing the TurboTechnics range of hybrids.
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    That scary moment when...

    I did it once - turned the wrong way onto a dual carriageway that had a 90 degree entry/exit lane. The dual carriageway was split by a large copse of trees, so my brain didn't detect that my (outdated) sat nav was turning me onto a dual carriageway which had recently been converted from a single carriageway, by way of an additional bypass being built on the other side of the copse. I should have noticed, but was tired and there were other factors at play; point is, it can happen - just as you said. Scared the absolute shit out of me when I realised. Last year, I was absolutely pinning it round the inside lane of a densely vegetated roundabout - managed to avoid an old couple driving in the opposite direction (towards me, the wrong way on a roundabout...) by inches.
  12. Some friends and I are planning to do the NC500 next summer, and the topic of car-to-car communication came up. Based on a little bit of research, a decent set of walkie-talkies seem to be the best option; just wondering whether anyone has any advice and/or different ideas? I'm assuming mobile phones will be out of service for much of the journey, due to patchy signal.
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    Ohlins R&T v. Bilstein b16

    Thought I'd share some information I gained from speaking with the owner of a fellow Stage 3 R on display at the Öhlins stand at Goodwood FOS, last weekend (and the technical SME Öhlins sent over to man their stand). I questioned them on spring rates - specifically because my R is the estate variant. Long story short, the standard GTI configuration is 70nm/50nm (front/rear), however through road and track testing the guys at Öhlins (and their specialist fitter at Silverstone in the UK - BG Motorsport) have concluded that (i) a 70nm/70nm configuration is perfect for the R on good roads (and track), and; (ii) a 60nm/60nm split is perfect for the R on UK roads (presumably based on the premise that they're mostly rubbish, compared to those on the continent). For what it's worth, though I can't imagine there are many others out there who will be fitting them to an estate, I'm going with a 60nm/70nm configuration; taking into account the above, but also accounting for the fact that I regularly load up my boot (it's my family car). All of that said, it sounds as though there's a healthy amount of subjectivity to be had with respect to selection. I assume (though didn't ask, stupidly) the higher suggested spring rate at the rear of an R (compared with that of the GTI) is due to the haldex driving the rear wheels. Conclusion seems to be that a 60nm/60nm or 70nm/70nm configuration will be perfect for the R hatch, depending on use. If an estate, then a slightly higher rear spring rate would be advisable (but not necessary, unless you use it how an estate is supposed to be used). Tim P.S. Also learned that Öhlins are working on camber-adjustable top mounts for the MQB platform. Projected release date 2019.
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    Estate exhaust

    And do you know whether the spacing of the tips (and routing of the pipes) is broadly identical to the Mk7? I.e. Could I rip my fake tips off, install a Mk7.5 exhaust and be a happy man?
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    Estate exhaust

    I'd also be interested to know the answer to this. The tips on the Mk7R Estate are fake, and actually attached to the rear valance rather than the exhaust itself; is the same true of the Mk7.5R?